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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Sep 27, 2011 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Phases and preferences

During everyone's intro to the band and exploration of it's music, one of the great joys is exploring time periods and getting intimate with them.

Some of the early periods just keep seem an endless treasure trove to dig in. Kind of like the toy chest at the dentist - they can change your outlook or lift you up after a painful day. I love 73 but 74 and 72 are loaded as well. Same said for 60's.

77 to me is one of those periods that was fun to get to know but I rarely find myself going back to it. Not that i dont acknowledge the fine playing, just Too sterile and repetitive. Shows don't separate themselves to me.

Anyone else with this experience of 77? I know there are a lot of 77 lovers, but after the honeymoon did you stick around for many anniversary's?


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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 27, 2011 9:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

I think people over listen the spring 77 shows and refer to the year as all sounding the same, i stray from they because I think they sound the same. It may have been consistent but certainly changed by 9/3, then check out DP 34 which sounds much different. And then DP 10 is also unique. the late 70's are what got me started on being a dead nut, DP 10, 15 and 18. But i agree that I don't find myself going back to them much anymore. If i play late 70s it is usually one of the 3 dicks picks i mentioned. I wish it was easier to quantify why we seem to come to these conclusions, or what it really is that makes it the conclusion. But over the past 3 years my listening has been mostly 70-73. With 68-69 finally making their appearance over the past year. Then of course nuggets from 66-95 sprinkled in.

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Sep 27, 2011 6:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

listened to Steal,Your Face and Blues For Allah, went to alot of shows 76-78 and felt they were dripping slow but Great. Filmore 71 tapes were in circulation then as well as 72 Jersey City. Started trading that gave me a better glimpse into my favorite years of 66-69!!! Got a scare looking how Jer was Hampton 84 got burned out with 80's for awhile until the advent of blogs giving more of an access to Jer Band and others. 91' stands out as a decent year of the 90's .Still favor Dark Stars and especially any 72 Other ones when traveling.

One of the interesting things about the DEAD is that you can find something, somehow, somewhere with all the years they played.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 27, 2011 9:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

72 other ones. <3 <3 <3

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 27, 2011 5:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

i don't mind the performances in '77, but i don't think i've listened to a complete show from that year in so long i can't even guess, but a couple of years at least; i will sample versions of songs as suggested here on the forum from time to time, but overall it's not a year that i find much to be thrilled about, altho the year does have some really incredible versions of some songs, so i certainly don't knock the year and it's better than a lot of years

basically, it comes down to this: when i first started listening to the GD (early '80s), it was LiveDead and Anthem and the music from that era which drew me in and kept me there; then when i started collecting tapes (mid to late '80s), it was the boots of the late '60s that i loved and played the most, and then when i 're-discovered' the GD via the Archive, i went immediately to '68/'69, and now some 5 or 6 years later, i still mostly listen to '68/'69, whole shows, everything, audience or soundboard, i don't care, it's just so primal, acid-laced, psychedelic, visceral, frenetic, brilliant, everything that i like and love about GD music; in comparison to those other years, well, it's rather like comparing van gogh or rembrandt with your child's kindergarten sponge paintings

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Sep 28, 2011 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

I feel the same Old NJ, I like 77 but after I have listened to many of the shows , I don't find myself going back but I always seem to go back to 71-73. With 67-70 I have not finished listening to those years but I feel that I will go back to many of those shows like I do with 71-73 and in many ways 71 is my favorite year

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 27, 2011 8:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

Well, what can I say? You all have said it already; like Arb, largely...since I probably saw most of my shows during this yr, you'd think I'd be interested, BUT never even looked them up when I landed here five yrs ago. Might be a tie with 76 or 78, as I know I saw more shows those yrs than 75 (duh; though I saw 3 of the 4 you could!), and by 79 was slowing down, but as you all say, even at the time, I thought "hmm, this isn't what I was expecting...love it, cause I am finally 'here', but not the Live Dead nor S&R," blah, blah, blah.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 27, 2011 7:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Phases and preferences

It's interesting because in many ways '77 was my intro to the band's live sound. I really dug it at the time. And like I said in the other thread, when I'm in the right mood, or just want to hear something more guitar driven I really dig those years. But for the most part the early stuff has a far more addictive quality to it for me. Like, I want to hear and collect EVERY show from 1968 but I can hardly sit thru a whole show from '77. I can't quite articulate why exactly, but I think what Arb said sounds about right...

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